July 13th, 2010 at 10:31 PM ^

He's an amazing part of Michigan lore and having him in an official capacity is not only a great manner of melding old with new but also permitting recruits to have open access to a great representative. Now he's likely considered a booster which just feels odd


July 13th, 2010 at 2:44 PM ^

There are many great years ahead for Coach Carr to watch the Wolverines take the field. While some might have soured on him by the end of his tenure, his enduring legacy of winning us a national title earn him a spot among Michigan's greatest.


July 13th, 2010 at 2:44 PM ^

Philosophy books don't read themselves, you know.

Lloyd Carr was a model for how a coach should behave and represent a university. His policy of never answering questions except those you already knew the answers to was frustrating at times, but invaluable looking back. I'll always miss everything he brought to the program.

Best of luck to him as he moves on.

Bando Calrissian

July 15th, 2010 at 11:56 AM ^

Strange, Michigan football coaches were able to effectively recruit for 30+ years and still do Michigan Replay after the game was over... 

I've never bought that excuse, and it's a shame the Athletic Department allowed the axing of Replay and replaced it with an ill-timed and essentially useless coach's show later in the week.  Michigan Replay on Sundays was perfect, with great and timely analysis of the previous day's game. Inside Michigan Replay is a poor replacement, both in product and in timing.


July 13th, 2010 at 2:47 PM ^

Hopefully he can maintain some level of involvement with the program in an unofficial and unpaid capacity; I find that once you're blue you always bleed maize.


July 13th, 2010 at 3:18 PM ^

Even in the hypothetical event that we were looking for a coach to replace Rich Rod, it won't be Miles.  I think it's been shown in the last few years that he's just not that great of a coach.  He surrounds himself with a lot of smart assistant coaches, but there are a lot of smarter football coaches even in his own conference.  I can't think of a coach that's fallen so fast and is (potentially) on the the hot seat so soon after winning a NC.


July 13th, 2010 at 3:23 PM ^

I think we have covered this numerous times. Miles allegedly slept with Moeller's wife, not Lloyd's. Our athletic department wouldn't go from one head coach who is perceived as a dirty guy (wrong perception, but it is what it is) to one head coach who is just dirty. Miles will not be back to Ann Arbor.


July 13th, 2010 at 3:12 PM ^

I wonder how bare he left the office he was working in? We'll probably have to wait three or four years now until we get some good secretaries and assistants back in there.


Sorry I had to. The guy was a great guy and I wish him the best, he did a lot of good things for Michigan football (the above was clearly only a joke). Here's to you Lloyd:


July 13th, 2010 at 3:03 PM ^

My friends and I went to College GameDay before The Game in '07 and my sign was amazing and sparkly but simply read, "THANK YOU LLOYD". 

Lloyd Carr will always be one of my favorite public figures of all time.  After I read this viewpoint in the Michigan Daily a few years ago, I immediately printed it out.  It has been posted up on my board at work ever since:


July 13th, 2010 at 3:17 PM ^

Great Coach! Better Man! Thanks to Lloyd Carr for all the years he worked for the University with the class in which I hope to always have. 

I always remember playing golf on the UofM course a few years ago and walking to my ball on the tenth hole I ran into him by the pine trees that separate the 18th and 10th fairways and I said hi to him and we shook hands. Not a great story but I will always remember he took the time out of his round to say hi and shake hands with a stranger. 


July 13th, 2010 at 4:36 PM ^

The best compliment I could give Lloyd Carr is to say that, as great of a football coach as he was, he is an even better man.

That, or calling him tremendous.

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. Take care Coach Carr. 


July 13th, 2010 at 4:54 PM ^

I don't think this was a particularly rewarding job for Lloyd, and it put him in the awkward position of theoretically being the boss (or assistant boss) of his replacement.  And honestly, I'm not sure Lloyd had the kind of business sense you need to be an AD bigwig nowadays.  He can more fully enjoy his retirement now.


July 13th, 2010 at 7:21 PM ^

Thanks for your years of service to Michigan -- not only to the football program, but to Hospital fund-raising efforts, the young men you coached.....everyone and everything, really.

I certainly hope Coach Carr can still remain an active voice in some of the issues confronting college football and college athletics in general, while finding time to enjoy his retirement and grandchildren.  Here's to good health and good times in the future to Coach Carr and his extended family.


July 13th, 2010 at 9:45 PM ^

If there was one thing I loved about Coach Carr. It would be the way he handled the media trolls like Drew Sharp. I used to get a kick out of listening to Coach Carr's press conferences. Coach Carr was a rock. You couldn't break that man and you couldn't get into his head no matter how hard you tried. Because Coach Carr was smarter than you.

Coach Carr was loved by most if not all of his players and respected by his peers. It just shows you the type of man he is.  These last two years have made me miss Coach Lloyd Carr more than ever. We would be so lucky to have another Coach Lloyd Carr type of Coach running Michigan football in the future.

Enjoy retirement Coach Carr, you've earned it!


July 13th, 2010 at 9:56 PM ^


But he was classy, loyal, kind, trustworthy, a visionary, clean, decent, hard-working, generous, a teacher, a disciplinarian, a student of the game, proud, a National Champion, charitable, giving and a defender of his players.  

Lloyd you exemplify being "the Leader and Best".

Thank you for all that you have done and given us.  You did it your way and made us proud to be associated with you and the University of Michigan.  Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Go Blue.


ps - I wrote this for one of the diaries, but just wanted to share it with all as a measure of my respect for the man.  

(Thanks for your understanding)

Moe Sport Shop

July 14th, 2010 at 11:58 AM ^

Lloyd brought me a Nat'l Championship my Junior year and I will forever be in debt to him!  While alot of people were frustrated with his way of doing things and his dealings with the press, he had the best interest of his team, the University, and most of all his players in mind, nothing like have a coach that will give you tough love but will have "your back" when all is said and done.  Really can't say it better than the mgoblogstore shirt featuring Lloyd with "Stay Classy Ann Arbor".